Course Descriptions

  • EDUC 703 - Research, Measurement, and Program Evaluation
    Methodology and design or research studies: organizational reporting analysis, and interpretation of research. (3 credits)
  • EDUC 712 - Social, Political, and Community Dimensions of Education
    This course provides school leaders with an understanding of and an application of decision in the historical, philosophical, ethical, social, and economic influences affecting education.  Students are expected to apply political concepts, strategies, and approaches to collaboration that involve the community in decision making, build community support for integrating health and social services in support of students, and develop community support for school priorities.  Throughout the course, students' work will be expected to manifest a sensitivity to issues of diversity in a pluralistic society. (4 credits)
  • EDUC 730 - Leadership, Planning, and Organizational Behavior in Education
    This course provides school leaders with preparation in skills for providing purpose and direction for individuals and groups, shaping school culture and value, facilitating the development of a shared strategic vision for the school, formulating goals and planning change efforts with staff, and setting priorities for one's school in the context of community and district priorities for student and staff needs. (3 credits)
  • EDUC 731 - Educational Law and Organizational Structure of Education
    This course is designed as a beginning law course for school administrators.  Topics to be studied include organizational structure of schools, federal and state court systems, church-state issues, teacher rights, student rights, rights of students with disabilities, instructional issues, tort liability, and equal opportunity in education. (3 credits)
  • EDUC 732 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning Theory
    This course provides school leaders with the ability to understand major curriculum design models, interpret school district curricula, initiate needs analyses, plan and implement with staff a framework for instruction, align curriculum with anticipated outcomes [graduate standards], monitor social and technological developments as they affect curriculum, and adjust content as needs and conditions change. (4 credits)
  • EDUC 733 - Technology and Information Systems
    This course provides an understanding of selected computer applications for educational administrators.  The focus of instruction is to have educational leaders use the computer as a decision-making and planning tool for carrying out communication functions of leadership at the building and district office levels. (2 credits)
  • EDUC 734 - Personal Communications and Ethics
    This course prepares aspiring school leaders to plan for their personal and professional development, understand and use the principles of interpersonal, oral, and written communication, and follow a professional code of ethics and values. (3 credits)
  • EDUC 735 - Personnel, Supervision, and Staff Development
    This course provides school leaders with preparation in skills for instructional improvement and working with faculty and staff to identify professional needs.  Classes are designed for in-depth study and practice planning, organizing, and facilitating programs that improve faculty and staff effectiveness and are consistent with institutional goals and needs; supervising individuals and groups; providing feedback on performance; arranging for remedial assistance; engaging faculty and others to plan and participate in recruitment and development activities; and initiating self-development. (4 credits)
  • EDUC 736 - Policy and Educational Finance
    Provides school leaders with an understanding of managing and allocating resources in a political climate in which policy decisions are based on historical resource allocations. (2 credits)
  • EDUC 738 - Administration of the Elementary School
    This course presents common elements of leadership and practices of management as they apply to the elementary school principal. (2 credits)
  • EDUC 739 - Administration of the Secondary School
    This course presents the common elements of leadership and practices of management as they apply to the secondary school principal. (2 credits)
  • EDUC 742 - Elementary School Curriculum
    History, development, and evaluation of curriculum.  Analysis of recent trends and development of curriculum sequence at elementary level.
  • EDUC 743 - Secondary School Curriculum
    A study of the contemporary curriculum patterns with emphasis on curricular construction and evaluation. (2 credits)
  • EDUC 780 - Instructional Models
    Investigation of current practices and trends in instructional models.  Emphasis will be placed on relating current research to contemporary practice.  Use of videotaping and simulation experiences are included. (2 credits)
  • EDUC 782 - Supervisory and Administrative Theories
    This course studies management models and techniques, needs assessment, goal setting, planning and evaluation systems, and decision-making problems as they relate to the school improvement process. (4 credits)
  • EDUC 784 - School Personnel Administration
    This course focuses on personnel administration in public school systems.  Included in the course are an examination of the purposes, policies, plans, procedures, and processes of personnel administration. (2 credits)
    Prerequisite: Ten semester credits of graduate level coursework in professional education.
  • EDUC 786 - School Facility Planning
    This course presents an overview of the principles in planning, construction, and maintenance of school buildings.  The course will include visits to educational facilities and the assessment of school buildings. (2 credits)
  • EDUC 789 - School Community Relations
    This course identifies purposes, organizations, agencies, and criteria of good school-community relationships, knowledge, and techniques for effective public relations. (2 credits)
    Prerequisite: Ed 739, M.S. or equivalent in educational leadership.
  • EDUC 790 - Seminar: District budget Planning & Administration
    This course examines school fund revenues and expenditures pertaining to local, state, and federal funding and provides an overview of the practices of school business administration. (2 credits)
  • EDUC 794 - Practicum:
    This course is a supervised administrative experience. (2 credits each)
    Prerequisite: Consent of advisor and university practicum supervisor.
         EDUC 794 - Practicum: Budget and Business Management
         EDUC 794 - Practicum: Community Education Leadership
         EDUC 794 - Practicum: Elementary School Principalship
         EDUC 794 - Practicum: General Leadership
         EDUC 794 _ Practicum: Secondary School Principalship
         EDUC 794 - Practicum: Superintendency
         EDUC 794 - Practicum: Supervision
  • EDUC 795 - Field Experiences
    The course is designed for students to spend extended time on field-based learning in lieu of the three practica options. (1-15 credits)
  • EDUC 796 - Special Topics (1-15 credits)
  • EDUC 797 - Portfolio/Master's Paper
    The portfolio is a means for students to demonstrate knowledge, skill, and understanding of the competencies and indicators found in the program.  Students entering the specialist/licensure program are required to conduct a needs assessment of their current competence to determine a profile of their current knowledge, skill, and understandings.  When this has been established, a Plan of Study is developed to fit the individual's needs.  Once the student has completed the necessary credits needed for a license, the portfolio and a reflective essay are presented to a team of faculty and field persons for assessment.  Licensure recommendations are based upon the demonstration in the competencies and indicators. (2 credits)
  • EDUC 798s - Field Study
    A disquisition requirement for the Specialist degree. (1-4 credits)
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